The Federalist: A street corner tract?

Do any LGBT people and their supporters read The Federalist hoping for objective reporting?

Probably not.

I’m doubting it has all that much of a serious readership. I suspect it has as much influence on American society as, say, a Jehovah’s Witnesses’ Watchtower tract.

Still, LGBT activists do take note of some of the right-wing articles The Federalist posts, while completely ignoring the JWs and groups like them.

Why is that? Why should The Federalist be considered any more credible than fundamentalist religious tracts being peddled on street corners?

In case you need any more proof of the Federalist’s lack of objectivity and its anti-transgender stance, check out an article on the Think Progress site about how The Federalist editors treated one writer’s story about transgender people.

Its policy, apparently, is to make assumptions about the chromosomes of the people it reports on, and to change gender designations and pronouns in writers’ articles accordingly.

It did that to writer Donna Carol Voss’s piece, and when she called them on it, they admitted their policy, effectively “admitting their anti-transgender policies,” Think Progress says.

Think Progress also says this: “The Federalist’s policy completely erases what it means to be transgender, including the significant evidence that there is a biological origin for gender dysphoria and that there is a basic difference between a person’s sex and gender. It’s also violates AP style, which directs reporters to “use the pronoun preferred by the individuals who have acquired the physical characteristics of the opposite sex or present themselves in a way that does not correspond with their sex at birth. If that preference is not expressed, use the pronoun consistent with the way the individuals live publicly.” ”

Indeed, The Federalist seems to have shown that it is not an objective publication and is not expected to produce anything approximating the real journalism of organizations like the Associated Press.

It is little more than a Watchtower tract that is written for a small audience of superstitious fundamentalists who worship an imaginary supernatural being.

But many will also be second-guessing writer Voss, who was given two choices about her article by The Federalist after she objected to the way they changed her copy:  “leave it up (online) as they’d changed it or take it down entirely,” Think Progress reports. “She chose to leave it up to allow for these conversations.”

Hmm. So Leelah Alcorn, a teen who committed suicide, was referred to as Josh with male pronouns after the editors got through butchering the copy.

Most reporters and columnists I have worked with over the years would have pulled the article offline, because principles are more important than bylines.

— Jillian Page, LGBT Perspectives


“Let harmlessness be the keynote of your life.” — Alice Bailey


6 thoughts on “The Federalist: A street corner tract?”

  1. The Federalist can ALWAYS be counted on to be anti-transgender. It is FAR from being a credible site for stories because it is strictly a rant site. I hope they don’t think others take them to be a serious site for literary discussion.


    1. I agree with you. Publications like that thrive on controversy, so they are overjoyed when an organization like Think Progress writes anything about them — positive or negative. But if all the LGBT organizations and supporters ignored publications like The Federalist — the same way most people ignore what the Jehovah’s Witness write in their publications — The Federalist would fade into the background, preaching only to the converted.

      But if Think Progress and other similar publications ignored all the nutcase right-wingers, would they have anything left to write about?

      It becomes a vicious circle — in every sense of the word ‘vicious.’

      Perhaps this is material for a future post here.

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  2. Your comments on the Federalist is very true yet the Catholic Pope in his Climate Change Encyclical makes US out to be Grievous Sinners. He obfuscates all present information learned over the past 25 years of Trans Studies. Read that part and Comment, as the Catholic Church influences all Christian Sects. Galileo would get a kick out of it, as nothing has changed from over 300 years ago with the Church. Aristophanes was also Correct in his statement 2300 years ago on Ignorance.


  3. I don´t often look at the Federalist. I know it to be a right’wing rag and it´s opinions are quite predictable. The name implies an intellectual orientation to a set of essays written in the late 18th century, the Federalist Papers. They entertain the notion that the solutions to all problems can be found in these writings. They´re also major proponents of American exceptionalism, which is bullshit IMHO. I read foreign newspapers and the view from the outside is very different.


  4. That Leelah Alcorn is so often misgendered even after her death speaks volumes about the pervasiveness and depth of transphobic bigotry. Very sad.


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